Aasimar 5e Guide - The Angel Race - Explore DnD (2023)

An Aasimar 5e guide is something I used a couple of years ago. However, I noticed a few things missing from the guides that I took a look at. This is why I’ve made a guide to fill in the gaps and help others who want to play an Aasimar or DMs who want to create an Aasimar NPC.

Whenever you join a new campaign, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of those decisions is deciding which to play. The Aasimar is a half-celestial, half-human breed that is often misunderstood. If you want something different and your DM gives you the green light, the Aasimar may be for you.

Table of Contents

What is an Aasimar?

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  • Ability Score Bonus –Charisma +2, Wisdom +1
  • Lifespan –Up to 150 (though they age as humans do)
  • Size –Medium (height and weight similar to humans)
  • Speed –30 feet
  • Languages– Common, Celestial
  • Bonuses– Darkvision, Celestial Resistance, Healing Hands, Light Bearer

The Aasimar in 5e is not the same as the Aasimar in 4e. I only played 4e a few times, and when I did, I played a Deva (also known as an Aasimar.) The Aasimar in 5e may be similar, but don’t confuse them for one another.

The 5e Aasimar is a celestial creature being with a special connection to a Deva. Most Aasimar are charismatic and intelligent, with a nearly visible spirituality about them. They were first introduced in Volo’s Guide to Monstersand later expanded upon in the new handbook,Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse.

The connection that Aasimar has with their Deva is similar to the connection that the Warlock has with their Patron. The Deva guides the Aasimar through visions, dreams, and even feelings.

My Aasimar Experience

A couple of years ago, I was invited to a campaign with very few restrictions. So, I researched and decided to be an Aasimar Heart Mage/Empath. My inspiration was Avacyn from Magic: The Gathering. The class was a Homebrew that my Dungeon Master approved.

Choosing the Heart Mage/Empath was one of the best decisions I made. I was in love with using my emotions and the emotions of my opponents to control the battlefield. The concept wasn’t to use this in a manipulative way but in an empathetic way. I wanted to feel what my opponents and allies felt.

Anyway, I chose the Aasimar before I chose the because I loved angel-like races. If you’re interested, you can read my character bio/background here for inspiration. This is the story of Liv Saga.

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Since I was born an Aasimar, touched by Mount Celestia, to humans, I never truly belonged to any one culture. My entire life, I have been given visions, prophecies, and feelings by my celestial connection, a deva angel named Zendaya. These have been my spiritual guide, but my cultural guide has been mixed, though Satyrs hold the strongest influence.

Seeing my love for culture, my human parents sent me away to live in a town of Satyrs when I was young. I spent a decade there and feel as if I now have Satyr blood running through me as well. I have no trouble connecting with anyone who has a conscience, and I try my best to understand everyone. It isn’t clear to me where my deep empathy comes from, whether it be my parents, my celestial connections, or my culture.

These days, I’ve found a group of people that I see as a melting pot of cultures to study and grow with. Although I’m not the most intelligent being, I have good judgment and seek to bring light to the world and those I come in contact with.”

Aasimar Subraces

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In Volo’s Guide to Monsters, there are subraces that the DM can choose for the Aasimar class. If you talk to your DM, you may be able to add a subrace as well. There are three choices for Aasimar subraces.

While it is possible to create your own subclass and have your DM okay it, I believe these are well-rounded as they are. Perhaps if you don’t fall in love with any of these three, you can use them and tweak your favorite.

Protector Aasimar

If you play Protector Aasimar, you get a +1 to Wisdom. You also get a trait called Radiant Soul at 3rd level that allows you to unleash divine energy. When you activate this, your eyes glow, and you sprout wings. This can be cast once per long rest.

You are like this for 1 minute or until you end it as a bonus action. When Radiant Soul is active, you can fly at a rate of 30 feet. Plus, once on each of your turns, you can deal extra radiant damage – equal to your level – to one target when you deal damage to it with an attack or a magical spell.

Scourge Aasimar

The Scourge Aasimar gets a +1 to Constitution and an action called Radiant Consumption. With this, you can unleash the divine energy once per long rest, which lights you up like a 10,000 lumens lightbulb.

This lasts one minute and spreads for a 10-foot radius with bright light and another 10 feet with dim light. This ability does radiant damage – equal to half your level – to you and each creature within 10 feet of you on each turn. While active, you can also deal extra radiant damage – equal to your level – to one target when you deal damage to that target with an attack or a spell.

Fallen Aasimar

The Fallen Aasimar gets a +1 to Strength and an ability called Necrotic Shroud. Unlike the other subraces, this subrace involves Darkness rather than light. When cast, your eyes grow dark, and you gain non-flying skeletal wings. When cast, creatures within 10 feet of you must succeed on a Charisma saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier.) If they fgail, they become frightened of you until the end of your next turn.

This lasts one minute and during that time, once on your turn, you can deal extra necrotic damage – equal to your level – to one target when you deal damage to it with an attack or a spell.

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Best Classes for Aasimar 5e

Although getting a cohesive class for your race can help, I tend to choose the class I want based on the roleplay aspect rather than the meta min-maxer route. If you’re a min-maxer, more power to you. But I prefer to play the way my heart leads me to play.

That said, there’s nothing wrong with trying to find the best class for your race. In this case, the Aasimar. While a homebrew class is my favorite, here are some of the best Aasimar classes that are canon.

Bard

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The Bard is an obvious choice for a few reasons. The Charisma boost is terrific, and so is the spellcasting cohesion of the two. Not to mention that any Bard would have a heyday with that flight.

Paladin

I believe Paladin is a good choice because the Aasimar flight gives you movement that the Paladin lacks. It also adds some early game spellcasting which isn’t something the Paladin normally sees. Also, Aasimar look great in Paladin armor.

Warlock (or Sorceress)

I think that any of the base spellcasters would work well with an Aasimar, but the Warlock is my favorite option in this case. After all, who doesn’t want a Deva and a Patron at the same time? The light and dark balancing each other out make this pairing an all-time favorite of mine.

Cleric (or Druid)

The extra Healing Hands is extremely useful early on and works with most Cleric builds. The Cleric is often a magnet for necrotic damage, so having Celestial Resistance is a gamechanger.

Bonuses to Playing Aasimar in 5e

Now, some DMs will use a different version of the Aasimar, but you may be able to add any or all of these bonuses for your Aasimar. Just make sure you ask your DM before you do this.

  • Darkvision– Generally, a creature with Darkvision can see in Darkness as if the Darkness were dim light. However, the creature can’t discern color in Darkness, and it only goes 60 ft out.
  • Celestial Resistance –Resistance to necrotic damage and radiant damage
  • Healing Hands– As an action – once per long rest – you can touch a creature and cause it to gain HP equal to your level.
  • Light Bearer– grants Light cantrip and uses Charisma to cast.

If you aren’t into any of these bonuses, ask your DM if you may switch them out for something else of equal or lesser value. Most DMs won’t care if you customize your race and class as long as you talk to them about it first.

Aasimar in Critical Role

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If you want to see Aasimar in action, take a look at a couple of examples from Critical Role. The stories of the Aasimar are different in Critical Role as the world is unique. There are two – well, three – famous Aasimar from the series.

Hunin and Kyor – Campaign 1

These two young Aasimar boys are NPCs played by Matthew Mercer. They were freed from slavery by Vex’ahlia. They are temporarily put in the care of Lady Cassandra Johanna von Musel Klossowski de Rolo before Vex takes them to educate and care for them herself.

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Yasha Nydoorin – Campaign 2 (many episodes)

Yasha Nydoorin is an Aasamir Barbarian played by Ashley Johnson. Like any good Barbarian, she worships Kord. But because she does not know she is an Aasimar, she doesn’t have a Deva. Yasha is very introverted and is only talkative with her close friends.

As she is a player character, I will avoid spoilers and let you watch her in action. But I will say that she is an absolutely stunning character, and watching the entirety of Campaign 2 is worth it just to see her. Check for episodes with Ashley Johnson.

Name Ideas for an Aasimar 5e

While I usually pick something earthy and whimsical for a name, fantasy names are generally the first choice for others. Here are some names to get you started with naming your Aasimar.

  • Aegis
  • Devron
  • Xalvian
  • Avacyn
  • Seabrim
  • Mei
  • Leilani
  • Athena
  • Exelsior
  • Sariah
  • Kaliyah
  • Selaphiel
  • Ariah
  • Tamiel
  • Selena
  • Serana
  • Luna
  • Rivramiar

FAQs

Question:What is the Best Class for Aasimar?

Answer:Cleric, Paladin, and Bard are my top choices, but you can be any class you want. The Aasimar bonuses – especially the flight – are all appealing and would be a great addition to any class.

Question:What is a Good Backstory for an Aasimar 5e?

Answer:Take a look at some other Aasimar builds and read the stories others have crafted. Generally, Aasimars have an innate empathy, but they could also learn this human connection from something in their environment.

Question:Does Armor Affect Flight for 5e Aasimar?

Answer:This is up to the DM. However, there is nothing written against using heavy armor on an Aasimar. The wings they sprout go through armor and are not tangible. So they are not affected.

Question:Are Aasimar in Other Tabletops and Video Games?

Answer:Aasimar call Wizards of the Coast their home as far as I know. Pathfinder has added an Aasimar, but aside from that DnD-inspired tabletop, I haven’t seen Aasimar anywhere else. The world outside of D&D calls this creature a Nephilim.

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Getting Into Character and Being a Valuable Member of the Party

When I play Dungeons and Dragons, it’s important to me that I roleplay well and add value to the party. As an Aasimar, you can be the sole means of flight for the party, but that’s not where the benefits of having you around end.

Although it depends on the type of Aasimar you play, most Aasimar have good hearts due to their celestial blood. Few fall and take on dark traits, but more than likely, you chose an Aasimar so that you could offer compassion to your group. If your Bard is making a ruckus at a funeral, your Rogue is cutting purses, or your Barbarian won’t stop picking fights, you can be there for them. You are the heart and soul of the party, the connection to the celestial world.

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FAQs

What is the aasimar angel guide? ›

In the aasimar description, the angelic guide is described along with suggested names and nature of this supernatural entity. “An aasimar, except for one who has turned to evil, has a link to an angelic being. That being—usually a deva—provides guidance to the aasimar, though this connection functions only in dreams.

What is the best class for an aasimar? ›

Aasimar: The Best Classes To Build
  • Bard:Of all the Class choices to be linked to the Aasimar, a Bard might be a unique choice. ...
  • Cleric:Due to their Divine connection, it makes sense for the Aasimar to be the avatar of whatever Celestial has been communicating with them.
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What is the difference between angel and aasimar? ›

Since angels are Celestials, while aasimar are Humanoids, Aasimar aren't "real" angels - just a bit closer to them than other Humanoids are.

What is the race bonus for aasimar? ›

Skilled: Aasimars have a +2 racial bonus on Diplomacy and Perception checks. Spell-Like Ability: Aasimars can use daylight once per day as a spell-like ability (Caster Level equals the aasimar's class level). Celestial Resistance: Aasimars have acid resistance 5, cold resistance 5, and electricity resistance 5.

Why do aasimar wear masks? ›

It feeds a powerful desire to destroy evil - a desire that is, at its best, unflinching and, at its worst, all-consuming. Many scourge aasimar wear masks to block out the world and focus on containing this power, unmasking themselves only in battle.

What gods would aasimar worship? ›

Like other half-bloods, aasimar do not feel, as a whole, beholden to any one particular god or pantheon, but many aasimar worship the Mulhorandi pantheon and a large proportion of the race is descended from the goodly gods of Mulhorand.

At what level can aasimar fly? ›

Since Protector Aasimar are the only ones, officially, that can fly. From the Radiant Soul feature, emphasis mine: "Starting at 3rd level, you can use your action to unleash the divine energy within yourself, causing your eyes to glimmer and two luminous, incorporeal wings to sprout from your back."

Can aasimar grow wings? ›

Protector aasimar are often wise, and are capable of sprouting glowing, magical wings, capable of flight, from their backs for a brief period of time per day.

What armor can aasimar wear? ›

Most aasimar favour well-made heavy armour such as plate mail, banded mail or suit armour. They're likely to wear beautifully decorated suits, emblazoned with their coats-of-arms or other such finery; an aasimar likes to stand tall and proud, and doesn't care who knows it.

Can aasimar get pregnant? ›

As aasimar can not conceive children, and they outlive all other races due to their immortality, they often become lost in their lives, whether they have achieved their purpose or when their mentor has failed their duties.

Do aasimar eyes glow? ›

Typical aasimar features include hair that shines like metal, jewel-toned eyes, lustrous skin color, or even glowing, golden halos. Society: Aasimars cannot truly be said to have an independent society of their own.

Why can't aasimar fly? ›

Most Aasimar do, but not all of them. In 5e Protector and Fallen Aasimar have wings they can use, although Fallen Aasimar wings are skeletal and flightless so they're moreso used for Intimidation rather than flight. Protector Aasimar have spectral wings that can be used for flying.

How much sleep do aasimar need? ›

You don't need to sleep. Instead, you meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefits that most people do from 8 hours of sleep.

What are the three types of aasimar? ›

  • 7.1 Fallen Aasimar.
  • 7.2 Protector Aasimar.
  • 7.3 Scourge Aasimar.

What is the walking speed of an aasimar? ›

Size. Aasimar have the same range of height and weight as humans. Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Can aasimar grow facial hair? ›

Most Aasimar have faintly glowing gold, silver, black, or red eyes and rounded ears. Both genders grow hair on their scalps and males frequently have facial hair as well.

What color eyes do aasimar have? ›

Aasimar
Weight:135 - 220 lbs
Hair Color:Golden, White, Yellow, Strawberry Blonde, Platinum Blonde, Silver
Eye Color:Pupil-less Amber, Blue, Gray, Green, Gold, Violet
Vision:Low Light
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Do aasimar need wings? ›

Most Aasimar do, but not all of them. In 5e Protector and Fallen Aasimar have wings they can use, although Fallen Aasimar wings are skeletal and flightless so they're moreso used for Intimidation rather than flight. Protector Aasimar have spectral wings that can be used for flying.

Is Jesus an aasimar? ›

For his race, Jesus would most likely be a Protector Aasimar, as they are angelic beings, but are not completely divine, being partly human. Since Jesus is an accomplished public speaker, we can leave the Protector Aasimar's racial bonus alone, granting Jesus +2 CHA/+1 WIS.

Can aasimar have halos? ›

Some aasimars possess the ability to manifest halos. An aasimar with this racial trait can create light centered on her head at will as a spell-like ability. When using her halo, she gains a +2 circumstance bonus on Intimidate checks against evil creatures and on saving throws against becoming blinded or dazzled.

Can aasimar hide their wings? ›

All of the Winged Aasimar are able to pull in and out their wings on command. While some like to hide it some don't care about who sees them. Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.

What weapons do aasimar use? ›

Weapon and Armor Proficiency: An aasimar is automatically proficient with all simple and martial weapons, light and medium armor, and shields. Resistance to acid 5, cold 5, and electricity 5. Spell-Like Ability: 1/day—daylight. Caster level equals the aasimar's class levels.

How rare are aasimar? ›

Aasimar are rare, and have no societies of their own. Instead, they live among other cultures and follow the traditions and practices of their hosts.

Can a human turn into an aasimar? ›

People can not be reincarnated into aasimar. Aasimar are picked at birth, not death.

What is the difference between Aasimar and variant Aasimar? ›

It shares the original Protector Aasimar's ability score increases, and their Darkvision and damage resistances, but instead of Healing Hands, Light, and Transformation, the variant Aasimar just gets some innate spellcasting.

Can aasimar sleep? ›

The aasimar can sleep under blankets comfortably even on the hottest, must humid evenings.

Can an aasimar turn into a vampire? ›

In our campaign there is an Aasimar that was turned into a vampire.

What kind of ears do aasimar have? ›

Their ears are slightly pointed. Aasimars are born with white feathered wings, and can fly with varying degrees of success in combat.

What is the strongest Armour in D&D? ›

Plate armor is the best armor you can get, it's heavy, you clank when you walk, but there's no better AC. It just costs a fortune. Plate is what you build towards, wear it if you can get it.

Can a fallen aasimar be redeemed? ›

However, it's also possible for a fallen Aasimar to redeem themselves and devout themselves to the forces of good once again, possibly convincing the gods to return their celestial powers and even their guardians.

Can aasimar be born? ›

Aasimars may be born from the union of the half-celestial with another mortal being. The possibility of an aasimar birth continues to many generations after that union, even when two mortals have children, so long as one of the mortals is a direct descendant of the half-celestial.

Do aasimar have gods? ›

Religion and magic

Like other half-breeds, aasimar did not feel, as a whole, beholden to any one god or pantheon, but many aasimar worshiped the Mulhorandi pantheon and a large proportion of the race was descended from the goodly gods of Mulhorand.

Do aasimar have elf ears? ›

Aasimar are assumes to have human and/or Aasimar parents by default so rounded ears. Not usually. They aren't Elven or Fey, they're the human descendants of Angels or Angelic beings, who also typically appear Human in most regards.

What is the opposite of aasimar? ›

Aasimar is the natural opposite of the tiefling – humanoids infused with celestial blood as opposed to the tiefling's infernal heritage.

Is it better to walk faster or longer? ›

Brisk walkers had a 35 percent lower risk of dying, a 25 percent lower chance of developing heart disease or cancer and a 30 percent lower risk of developing dementia, compared with those whose average pace was slower.

What kind of wings do aasimar have? ›

Protector aasimar are often wise, and are capable of sprouting glowing, magical wings, capable of flight, from their backs for a brief period of time per day.

Can aasimar have babies? ›

They cannot reproduce like humans, Elves or Tieflings would. Instead, Aasimar are manifested, sometimes later in a child's development, and are not dictated by bloodlines.

What are rare traits of aasimar? ›

Most aasimar had pupil-less pale white, gray, or golden eyes and silver hair, but those descended from planetars could also have emerald skin, while those descended from avoral celestials might have feathers mixed in with their hair. Those descended from ghaeles often had pearly opalescent eyes.

Can aasimar have facial hair? ›

Most Aasimar have faintly glowing gold, silver, black, or red eyes and rounded ears. Both genders grow hair on their scalps and males frequently have facial hair as well.

Do all aasimar have halos? ›

Some aasimars possess the ability to manifest halos. An aasimar with this racial trait can create light centered on her head at will as a spell-like ability. When using her halo, she gains a +2 circumstance bonus on Intimidate checks against evil creatures and on saving throws against becoming blinded or dazzled.

What happens when an aasimar dies? ›

These fallen aasimar lose their radiant spirits, which are replaced with a void of darkness, and the good in their heart turns to malice. Fallen aasimar are not all entirely evil, however, as some come to realize and understand their failings, and take a neutral path in hopes to restore their light.

Do aasimar have to sleep? ›

You don't need to sleep. Instead, you meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefits that most people do from 8 hours of sleep. This replaces your healing hands racial feature.

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